April 2000 Issue

Boom Beam Landing Light

Ready for a $1,000 landing light? Roy LoPresti thinks so but make sure you buy the right kind of reflector.


For the typical presbyopic middle-aged pilot, night flying can sometimes be as much fun as a root canal. It’s not so much the flying or squinting at the eye-test type on an approach plate but avoiding disaster on the taxi to and from the runway.

Even landing at night is hardly an ordeal for most of us, at least on a well-lighted runway. Once off the runway, however, good luck finding and following the faded yellow lines, especially if you have a nose-mounted landing light burning dimly behind an age-yellowed plastic lens smeared with dirt.

You’d think, then, that the world cries out for a better class of landing light and you’re probably right. But does it have to cost $...

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